Mothers (and fathers) around the world are known for saying, “Make your bed!” This time of year, we like to interpret that statement as a request to make a raised bed. Here’s an update on that topic with some support and inspiration.
How should I make my raised bed?
Check out “5 steps for successful raised bed gardening” post that includes tips and tricks.
How much soil do I need?
It’s a simple-yet-not-so-simple equation that involves length, width, and depth. We provide real case studies on how to figure out how much you need.
What soil should I use?
You’ll likely want a compost if you’re just amending the soil, or a blended mix if you’re filling your raised bed. We offer a variety of quality soil products in different markets, plus a specially formulated Organic Raised Bed Mix in select markets. Contact us for a quote today.
Where can I get inspired for raised bed designs?
Here are a few styles of raised beds we’ve recently seen around town.
What are you growing in your raised bed this year?
Mulch is a landscaper’s best friend because it:
- reduces weeds;
- improves moisture retention;
- maintains soil temperatures; and
- enhances the beauty of landscapes.
Mulch is basically a magic carpet for your landscape.
How do you choose the right mulch for your landscape?
Using quality mulch in your garden is one of the easiest ways to transform your landscape. Mulch comes in all shapes and sizes and flavors. When choosing a mulch there are a few factors to consider – species of wood, source, size, and color – to identify a mulch that will best fit your needs. Since the selection process can be tricky we summarized our most popular mulches with the following descriptions.
This mulch has a pleasant cedar smell that lasts a fair amount of time after spreading. Cedar is also great for repelling insects. Cedar mulch has a very slow decay process so it won’t break down quickly. Also, cedar mulch is the most resistant to artillery fungus.
- AVAILABLE IN BULK: Canadian Cedar is available at our Harvest New England locations in Connecticut.
- AVAILABLE IN BAGS: Cedar Mulch Blend (2-cubic-foot bags) by Garden Pro® is available in stores in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast.
BARK MULCHES / COLORED BARK MULCHES
This is a recycled mulch usually made from hardwood logs and bark. These types of mulches break down quickly and add nutrients to the soil. Natural colorants make this mulch stand out.
- AVAILABLE IN BULK: Ultra Brown Mulch is our most popular product in New England (Connecticut). We also have Brown Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch and Black Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch in the Mid-Atlantic (Maryland, DC, Virginia).
- AVAILABLE IN BAGS: We offer Brown-, Red- and Black- Colored mulch (2- and 3- cubic foot bags) by Nature’s Pride in stores throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
PINE BARK MULCH
This mulch has a naturally rich dark color with a pleasant pine scent. Pine mulch is a slow decomposer and is often over looked. This mulch has great longevity and is relatively inexpensive!
- AVAILABLE IN BULK: Pine Blend is one of our most popular mulches, available in New England (Connecticut). Pine Fines are an exceptional soil conditioner for acid-loving plants such as azaleas, hollies and magnolias – available in the Mid-Atlantic (Maryland, DC, Virginia).
- AVAILABLE IN BAGS: We offer a variety of Pine- based mulches including Pine Bark Mulch in two-cubic-foot bags in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
This mulch has strong reddish and orange tones which add rich color to landscapes. Hemlock mulch is very aromatic. Just like cedar and pine mulch, hemlock mulches decomposes slowly so it is long lasting. Hemlock has a natural reddish look.
- AVAILABLE IN BULK: Hemlock Mulch is available in at our Harvest New England locations.
- AVAILABLE IN BAGS: Hemlock Mulch Blend is available in two-cubic-foot bags in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
Where can I find mulch from Harvest?
Great question! In addition to the mulches listed above, we offer a variety of mulch (and soil) products throughout North America. Find a convenient location near you:
- A Store or Site Near You
- How much mulch (or soil) do I need? (Hint: Length x Width x Height, divided by 27.)
- What’s the proper way to mulch around trees? (Hint: Spread evenly.)
- How can I support my trees? (Hint: Give them a “tree pedicure!” See video below.)
Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted as “Choosing a Mulch: Practical Beauty” in March 2014; it has been re-posted with permission by the author, Shelley Sales, with updated content, availability, links and video.
Have you been wining about low yields? Citrus down on that chair and let me squash your problems.
If you carrot all about soil health, lettuce almond your soil by raisin the bar for healthy soil.
So water your waiting for?
You butternut say it’s too expensive, because with the cashew make back on your increased yields, you can berry those costs in the dirt.
Like a bee puts nectarine in its hive, compost put nutrients directly in your soil. If your barley hanging in there with these puns, compost your comments on our website.
We walnut let you down.
~Created by Adam Pescatore
The US Composting Council hosted its 25th annual conference in Los Angeles. Harvest was a proud sponsor of the conference, and provided safety gear for the legendary “Demo Days” event at the City of Lopez Canyon Compost Facility. Ops attendees included Ted C., Chris F., Brent B., and Stewart M. Check out the beautiful scene in the following photos (photos thanks to Ted):
Harvest is all about connections. Every year, the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) allows us to reconnect with valued customers, and informing clients of new products and services. Here are a few snapshots from this year’s show with our Harvest Mid Atlantic and Harvest Consumer Products teams.
It’s a fine day when Forbes is interested in the future of the planet: Read the whole story.
Benefits of Raised Beds
First, you might be wondering why not just stick plants in the ground; why bother with raised beds? Raised beds are an excellent design for a number of reasons.
- Raised beds improve drainage. In general, while plants need moisture, they don’t appreciate “wet feet”. Raised beds ensure good flow and drainage.
- Raised beds improve aeration. An important component of good soil structure is air. Indeed, air comprises 25% of an ideal soil composition (25% air, 25% mineral soil, 45% mineral soil, and 5% organic matter). A raised bed allows you to fluff up the soil each season.
- Raised beds add a sense of containment and order. Whether or not you have a raised bed within a structure, or with a natural border, they add a sense of order and organization to your landscape.
Raised Bed Inspiration
Next, let’s get some raised bed inspiration. As you can see, you can create a raised bed out of many materials and in a wide variety of shapes and sizes depending on your space and needs.
5 Steps for Creating a Raised Bed
Now that you recognize the benefits and are inspired, how do you go about creating a raised bed garden?
1. Pick a spot.
Full sun, or a mix of sun and shade, typically works best.
2. Pick your design / material.
Use materials that are locally available to you. Wood (cedar typically lasts the longest), bricks, pots, and poured concrete are some ideas; the material should make sense for your space (and wallet!).
3. Fill the Space with Top Quality Soil
Generally speaking, a raised bed is at least 6”-10” higher than the existing soils. Also, you’ll want a soil blend that has both mineral soil (the existing soil) mixed with organic matter (e.g. compost or some other form of soil amendment). Harvest offers pre-blended mixes, such as Garden Soil in Connecticut, Garden Blend in British Columbia, and a range of bagged soil products (Potting Soil, Potting Mix, Soil Amendments, Peat Moss, and compost-based products) available from our retail partners.
Seeds or starts, veggies or flowers, plant what makes sense for you! Your local garden center will have tips. Our advice:
- Start out small and build from your successes.
- Have fun! Grow what you know. Also feel free to experiment! Gardening is a forgiving activity that provides an endless opportunity for exploring and learning.
ON THE SIDE: It can be nice to maintain the border of your raised bed by applying a 2-3” layer of mulch, or rock, gravel, or pavers to keep down weeds.
SEASON TO SEASON: Your soil will get depleted over time. We suggest adding a 2-4” layer of soil amendment, such as compost or a potting mix, and mixing it into the top 6” of the bed every couple years. Of course, as with everything, remember to water.
NOTE: With watering, plants typically prefer a few long drinks (a couple deep water sessions per week) over short sips (many short sprays of water per week).
Let’s get back to some raised bed inspiration.
Do you have a raised bed? If so, what style worked for you? What have you grown?
HARVEST POWER IS NAMED TO THE 2015 GLOBAL CLEANTECH 100
Harvest Recognized Among Top Private Companies in Clean Technology for the Sixth Year in a Row
WALTHAM, MASS. (January 26, 2016) – Harvest Power, Inc., a leader in organics management solutions, today announced it was named to the 2015 Global Cleantech 100, a recognition it has received in each of the last six years. The Global Cleantech 100, produced by Cleantech Group, recognizes private companies that demonstrate the most innovative and promising ideas in clean technology and are best positioned to make the most significant market impact.
This year, a record number of nominations were received for the Global Cleantech 100, including 6,900 companies from 60 countries. The 100-member expert panel that selected the final list was drawn from leading financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations and industries active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia, Europe, and North America.
“The Global Cleantech 100 provides us with insight into the collective opinion of key market players on which megatrends and innovation companies are most likely to have a significant impact in the next 5-10 years,” said Michele Parad, Senior Manager at Cleantech Group and lead author of the Global Cleantech 100 Report. “Now in its 7th year, the Global Cleantech 100 program reveals which themes are staying relevant and which sectors are taking center stage.”
Harvest Power creates a more sustainable future by helping communities across North America better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy, soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008, garnering awards for its business of organic recycling, energy generation and soil revitalization. The company has received Bloomberg’s 2013 New Energy Pioneer Award and was named one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World for 2014.
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We had an excellent time at MANTS 2016 (the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show), with Harvest RGI and Harvest Consumer Products connecting with vendors, customers, and landscape lovers of all sorts. Here are a few photos from the dynamic three-day event.
Can you spot Dave L and Rick R of Harvest?
Say, “Mulch!” Harvest RGI‘s Dave L with Jay L, Rick R, and Justin B.
Jay has a moment with Melissa of Marshalls Riverbank Nurseries.
What a great event! Excited for this Spring. Did you want to stop by our booth but not get a chance? Send us a note!